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Tax help

The AARP Taxaide Program has started at the Fairfield Bay Senior Center. This program provides free assistance in preparing and filing 2013 federal and state income tax returns for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

This assistance is available by appointment only through April 15.

All assistance is free and confidential.

To schedule an appointment call the Fairfield Bay Chamber of Commerce office at 884-3324 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday.


In the summer of 2013 there was only one summer meals site in Van Buren County where children from low-income families could get a nutritious meal when school was out.

For those children who rely on school lunch, summer can be an especially stressful time. The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign is currently recruiting sponsors and sites to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program helps ensure that children from low-income families continue receiving nutritious meals when school is not in session. Meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines are provided free to all children 18 years of age and younger at approved SFSP sites.

Organizations that participate in SFSP as a sponsor will receive weekly reimbursements for the dollars they spend on food to feed children during the summer.

Organizations that would like to offer their facilities to sponsors to feed children are also encouraged to participate as “sites,” though they will not be eligible for meal reimbursements.

To learn more about participating in the Summer Food Service Program email and visit

The Van Buren County Democrat website is available only to print and digital subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, you can access the website at no additional charge.